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Successive approximation techniques in nonlinear boundary value problems for ordinary differential equations. (English) Zbl 1180.34013
Battelli, Flaviano (ed.) et al., Handbook of differential equations: Ordinary differential equations. Vol. IV. Amsterdam: Elsevier/North Holland (ISBN 978-0-444-53031-8/hbk). Handbook of Differential Equations, 441-592 (2008).
Summary: We investigate the solvability and the approximate construction of solutions of certain types of regular nonlinear boundary value problems for systems of ordinary differential equations on a compact interval. For this purpose, we construct analytically a uniformly convergent parametrized sequence of functions depending on the properties of the concrete boundary conditions and nonlinearities in the given systems. The value of the parameter introduced artificially into the scheme is to be determined by solving a certain system of algebraic or transcendental equations.
The text is divided into 10 sections. Sections 1 and 2 contain the notation used in what follows and provide a short introduction. In Section 3, the successive approximation techniques are treated for the investigation of periodic solutions of non-autonomous periodic systems. In Section 4, we apply the method for the study the periodic solutions of autonomous systems by using the appropriate reduction to a non-autonomous system. In Section 5, we establish conditions under which a system of nonlinear non-autonomous ordinary differential equations has a family of solutions that are periodic with a common period and possess a certain symmetry property. Sections 6 and 7 deal with the investigation of nonlinear two-point boundary value conditions by using a parametrization that leads one to a family of problem with linear two-point conditions considered together with certain additional algebraic or transcendental equations with respect to certain parameters. In Section 8, we use the parametrization approach to study some three-point nonlinear boundary value problem which, as a result, can be investigated through auxiliary two-point problems. Most of theoretical results are illustrated by examples. Section 9 contains some historical remarks concerning the development and application of the method. Finally, in Section 10, we give several exercises concerning the successive approximation technique under consideration.
For the entire collection see [Zbl 1173.34001].

34A45 Theoretical approximation of solutions to ordinary differential equations
34B15 Nonlinear boundary value problems for ordinary differential equations